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Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 09/24/2012

NFL fines John Fox $30,000 and Jack Del Rio $25,000 for criticizing refs

John Fox took issue with a call in the first half of the Denver Broncos’ game Sept. 17 against the Atlanta Falcons. (John Bazemore / AP)
The NFL has fined Denver Broncos Coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio for their behavior toward replacement referees during the Sept. 17 “Monday Night Football” game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Fox will write a check for $30,000 and Del Rio will pay $25,000, the NFL announced this afternoon. The fines were first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Fox and Del Rio repeatedly berated officials during the Broncos’ 27-21 loss and, according to ESPN, league officials called the coaches at halftime to tell them to cool it on the prime-time telecast.

The first quarter of the game took an hour and three calls were overturned in the first half. There was a six-minute delay because of a fumble and dustup. Players and coaches both argued that illegal contact downfield wasn’t being flagged.

More fines are likely to follow. In Sunday’s games, New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick grabbed a ref and Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan cursed at one. The NFL said it is also looking into Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh’s actions. Here’s an idea for how NFL owners can use this unexpected windfall: Put it toward reaching an agreement with the regular refs.

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